Friday, September 18, 2015

Spotlight On...Wende O'Reilly

Name: Wende O’Reilly

Hometown: Chelmsford, MA

Education: B.A. in Theater from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and a Graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse, NYC.

Select Credits: Reading Between the Lies (Broadway Baby Betty Blue); Savage in Limbo (Denise Savage); Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Quickly); Lady Windermere’s Fan (Duchess of Berwick).

Why theater?: Nothing matches that adrenaline of feeling the audience going on that ride with you every performance.

Who do you play in Selection Day?: Robyn Downs, political pit-bull pushing her own agenda.

Tell us about Selection Day: Selection Day is a smart, political farce that I think is extremely timely, offset with some toe-tapping tunes!

What is it like being a part of Selection Day?: I’ve been lucky enough to have been part of this process since its early stages so seeing it come to fruition is so special to me.  I’m very proud and excited for Mr. Buzinski.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: Most every kind of theater but I gravitate towards comedies and musicals. Anyone with a balance of fun and professionalism, peppered with great timing.  I love some of the classic comediennes like Gilda Radner and Madeline Kahn (both gone too soon).

Any roles you’re dying to play?: Little Red in Into the Woods, but alas, that ship has sailed!

What’s your favorite showtune?: Well, after “Selection Day” I would  have to choose….hmmm, too many.  Let’s stick with “Selection Day”!

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: I will personally volunteer to help Derek Jeter transition into his new acting career and coach him 24/7. Yup, I’m just that unselfish.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: "Face Down and Fabulous!" (I tend to be a bit of a klutz) and I’d cast Melissa Rauch (power to the little people!)

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?:  Oh, another toughie.  Jennifer Holliday in Dreamgirls or maybe Ethel Merman in Gypsy.

What show have you recommended to your friends?:  Wicked is always a sure bet.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Chardonnay while watching reruns of Dexter

What’s up next?: I continue to help develop a two-woman multi-character musical called Let Me Say This About That which I hope will find a home sometime in the very near future.